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SJA Kenya set to host Africa Sports Journalists Forum

SJAK members pose for group photo before the start of the Eldoret seminar (Photo: SJAK)
by Samson Ateka, Executive Committee member, SJAK

NAIROBI, January 23, 2017 - Kenya is looking to host two major sports journalists forums in Nairobi.

The country will host the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa congress in October 2017 and East Africa Women’s in Sports seminar in May.

The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) President Chris Mbaisi confirmed that the two events were in the association’s calendar for 2017.

The AIPS Africa Congress is tentatively planned for October after the women’s conference mid this year. The President appealed for corporate support to successfully host the congress that targets to invite AIPS Africa affiliates from 30 countries.

SJAK over the weekend held an empowerment seminar for its members in Eldoret, the first event on SJAK calendar this year. Mbaisi said the congress was pushed to October to pave way for Kenya’s General Elections scheduled for August 8, 2017.

Among other activities in the SJAK calendar of events include a photography seminar, golf training in preparation for coverage of the Kenya Open, Sports Act workshop and International Sports Journalists Day among others.

Mbaisi confirmed that the association would continue organising the Kenyan Premier League monthly footballer and coach of the month awards. SJAK has over the past seasons delivered Kenya’s most lucrative football awards.

He said they are considering increasing the Sh50, 000 awarded to coach of the month, which will be entering in its second year courtesy Fidelity Insurance.

The chief guest, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti, urged the media to support the government in bringing sanity into sports management and implementation of the Sports Act. He said they want to partner with the SJAK in streamlining sports operations in the country.

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